Patrick Heron Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc : May 1960 1960

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Patrick Heron 1920–1999
Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc : May 1960
Date 1960
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1219 x 1524 mm
frame: 1230 x 1535 x 38 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Not on display

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In this work, an irregular blue disc hovers in front of a field of green and purple, seeming to expand and contract within the flat picture plane. Even when he eliminated recognisable subject matter, Heron’s abstractions stemmed from his observations of the visual world. He denied that he consciously painted ‘landscapes’, but affirmed: ‘the enormously powerful rhythmic energies of the granite outcrops beneath my feet transmit certain rhythms straight up through the soles of my shoes every minute of the day.’

May 2007

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